SOAS University of London

Japan & Korea Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Culture

J400: Advanced Japanese

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 4
Taught in:
Full Year


Advanced Japanese language skills.

1500 kanji. Please click the 'Kanji Preparation' link on the right hand side on this page for more information.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, the student should be able to:

  • communicate fluently and appropriately in Japanese;
  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge and effective understanding of the structures, registers, etc of Japanese;
  • demonstrate a broad knowledge and, using appropriate methodologies, a critical understanding of the cultures and societies of Japan.

Also as generic skills, the student should be able to:

  • communicate information, ideas and arguments cogently and coherently both orally and in writing;
  • gather, process and evaluate critically information from a variety of paper, audio-visual and electronic sources;
  • be an effective and self-aware independent learner.


A total of 22 weeks teaching with 3 hours of classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

This module further develops and consolidates the communication skills, reading skills and writing skills which were enhanced during the year abroad in Japan, and mediation skills both from English to Japanese and from Japanese to English. It focuses on current issues such as politics and globalization. It aims to prepare the student to use the language skills in society. Such exercises as research, comprehension, critical reading, discussion and academic writing will be conducted to develop the language skills. Students will write an essay in Japanese of 3500 - 4000 characters and present it. The aim will be to reach the Level C1 of CEFR.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%); a report of 3500 - 4500 characters to be submitted on day 1, week  1, term 3 (30%); two presentations (20%).

Suggested reading

The reading list for this module will be made available from the convenor at the beginning of the module.


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